The ‘Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers’ Landscape Partnership Scheme wins £2m National Lottery grant

Communities, schools and the landscape of the Brecks will benefit from another series of exciting landscape and heritage conservation projects thanks to a £2m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The River Lark Catchment Partnership will play a significant role by partnering with the Environment Agency on delivering river restoration work and with Suffolk County Council’s Rights of Way team to deliver river path and access improvements.

Trustee Jim Stephens states “For the River Lark Catchment Partnership the five year Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers Landscape Scheme is a huge boost to our ambition to restore our precious chalk stream which over the centuries has been canalised and disfigured so that we can return it to a more natural habitat, enriching the river's bio-diversity and improving its amenity value for our communities”

The RLCP has made great strides in creating since 2016 a lively and effective community-based group for the river Lark backed by major stakeholders and amenity groups. The RLCP complements work undertaken by the LAPS angling group and the Bury Trout Club.

RPCP has doubled the number of I’s volunteers working on the river this year and has worked in co-operation with the Bury Water Meadows Group who will be actively supporting the project.

Chairman Andrew Hinchley states : The river Lark is one of East Anglia’s only chalk streams and urgently needs support given over extraction and generally unsatisfactory environment. This grant will pay for much of the materials our volunteers need to do restoration work”

The RLCP plans restoration work across the entire length of the Lark which is within the Brecks, from Fornham All Saints/Fornham St Martin downstream as far as Isleham beyond Mildenhall. Volunteer groups have already been formed in the Fornhams and Mildenhall and now withBFER, recruitment will be expanded all along the river..

Glenn Smithson, Restoration Coordinator for RLCP states: The BFER grant is most welcome, not only does it recognise the issues facing this rare watercourse and riparian areas but also the potential for massive improvement on a scale not seen before.
Our existing core of established and enthusiastic volunteers throughout the Catchment will be buoyed by this news and we hope to see their numbers grow in the future.’

Download this Press Release and the Bury Free Press article here: RLCP -Heritage Lottery-Brecks Fen Edge and Rivers

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